Preventing Water Scarcity: The Role of Parliaments and of Parliamentary Budget Offices
8 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 11, 2016
Water scarcity is likely to become the most urgent economic, security, political, and social issue in many regions of the world over the next half century. This discussion paper considers the importance of parliaments in the prevention of water scarcity, using a logic analogous to the parliamentary engagement with the extractive industries. Following this logic, the paper also considers the importance of fiscal analysis pertaining to the development and maintenance of water infrastructure and water distribution, as manifested in Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs). The discussion paper therefore presents a timely transposition of parliamentary roles to the context of water management, which will come to constitute an area of ever increasing interest in legislative oversight.
Keywords: water, water management, fiscal policy, budgets, parliaments, parliamentary budget offices, sustainability
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